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Clinical Services

Our team of specialists support families by providing:

  • An accurate diagnosis
  • Information about how a genetic condition may develop
  • Assessments on the risk of transmitting a genetic condition 
  • Support for families with understandable information and counselling


Making A Referral

All appointments are made through the Department of Clinical Genetics at Royal North Shore Hospital.  As our clinics are bulk-billed, please  address your referral  to A/Prof Yemima Berman and Associates  and send to our head office by ​post, fax or email external link Once your referral is received, you and your patient will receive a letter of acknowledgment.   Referrals should include:

  • patient's full name, date of birth and contact details
  • any requirement  for an urgent appointment (e.g. current pregnancy)
  • detailed reason for referral, sufficient clinical details and relevant family history
  • details of other family members who may have attended our services.
  • copies of any relevant reports or investigations

To discuss the appropriateness of a referral, you are welcome to contact ​our on-call genetic counsellor.


Urgent referrals:

Contact the RNSH Switchboard (9926 7111) and ask to page the on-call Genetics Fellow, Geneticist or Genetic Counsellor.

Urgent referrals are accepted for:

  1. Patients who are currently pregnant or currently undergoing IVF with a genetic concern related to the current pregnancy- please ensure an EDD/LMP are clearly indicated.
  2. Inpatient consultations
  3. Children under the age of 6 months
  4. Where the results of the consultation are expected to be relevant for urgent medical management decisions.